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Knowledge-Based Dynamic Capabilities for Sustainable Innovation: The Case of the Green Plastic Project

Department of Economics and Business, Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (UNISINOS), Av. Dr. Nilo Peçanha, 1600, Porto Alegre, 91330-002 Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
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Sustainability 2019, 11(8), 2392; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11082392
Received: 23 March 2019 / Revised: 12 April 2019 / Accepted: 12 April 2019 / Published: 23 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Knowledge and Intellectual Capital Management for Sustainability)
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Abstract

A large number of recent studies show that sustainable innovation requires specific and new dynamic capabilities related to a new form of collaboration with suppliers, customers, research institutes and other related partners. These sources and external knowledges and competences require new skills in managing relationships and knowledge integration. Considering this gap, the purpose of this paper is to identify how knowledge-based dynamic capabilities (KBDCs) influence the process of developing sustainable innovations. To meet this objective, we use a procedural approach from the reconstruction of the green plastic project, in its R&D trajectory, from retrospective interviews and secondary data. Our results point to a set of practices (microfoundations) essential in the development process of sustainable innovations. We also identify the changes experienced in the knowledge capabilities of the company throughout the development of the project; this component provides the originality of this paper. View Full-Text
Keywords: knowledge-based dynamic capabilities; sustainable innovation; green plastic; knowledge creation; collaboration; open innovation; microfoundations; practices knowledge-based dynamic capabilities; sustainable innovation; green plastic; knowledge creation; collaboration; open innovation; microfoundations; practices
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Beuter Júnior, N.; Faccin, K.; Volkmer Martins, B.; Balestrin, A. Knowledge-Based Dynamic Capabilities for Sustainable Innovation: The Case of the Green Plastic Project. Sustainability 2019, 11, 2392.

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